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A powerful video on the warning signs of gun violence goes viral

Nearly four years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, parents and community members from Newtown, Connecticut, have released a powerful campaign to highlight warning signs exhibited by potential school shooters.
A powerful video on the warning signs of gun violence goes viral

In the video, a romantic story plays out for Evan, a teenager in search of a mystery girl at his high school, The Telegraph reports.

Evan can’t wait for summer break, and he sketches a message of boredom into a desk at the school library. Someone has written back and a dialogue starts between the boy and the mysterious pen pal.

“While you were watching Evan, another student was showing signs of planning a shooting. But no one noticed,” states the video before rewinding and highlighting how another student appeared to be planning a shooting in the background of Evan’s story.

The video closed with a black background and white text reading: “Gun violence is preventable when you know the signs”.

“When you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to miss signs of someone who is in crisis or planning violence,” Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, explains on its Facebook page.

The video was released just over a week before the fourth anniversary of the tragedy that saw 20 children and six teaching staff killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School by 20-year-old Adam Lanza in one of the worst mass shooting in the US.